Fatah enters talks with break-aways

first_img Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat called the resolution unacceptable and accused the U.S. government of having a different standard for the Palestinian election than for the recent Iraqi election. “I haven’t heard any American official speak about those who have guns and those who don’t have guns in Iraq even though there are more guns in Iraq than in the whole region (here),” Erekat said. Hamas said the United States and Israel should stay out of internal Palestinian politics. “We consider the latest positions in the U.S. and in Israel against Hamas part of a systematic campaign against the Palestinian people’s choice. Such statements aim to block the way to Hamas’ participation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. Hamas has gained popularity through its welfare work and attacks against Israel. Its electoral success also reflects a growing view among Palestinians that Fatah is riddled with corruption and incapable of bringing law and order to the Palestinian streets. Also Saturday, an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed a militant as he returned from firing homemade rockets into Israel, according to Palestinian security officials and militant leaders. Three people were wounded in the blast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Barghouti routinely meets with political allies and family members in prison. The Fatah infighting already has given a lift to Hamas, which calls for Israel’s destruction and has carried out scores of deadly attacks over the past decade. The Islamic group won sweeping victories in key West Bank municipalities during local elections Thursday, the final electoral test before the Jan. 25 parliamentary vote. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Saturday that Abbas should bar Hamas from the election. “A victory for Hamas would turn the territories into Hamastan and (create) a situation in which none of us want to be,” Shalom told Israel Radio. “Today is the time to make the tough decision, the strategic decision, to dismantle the terror infrastructure and go to elections with the intent of afterward going to peace with Israel.” The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday warning the Palestinian Authority that it risks losing U.S. financial aid and other support if it lets Hamas participate in the election. The United States includes Hamas on its list of terror organizations. JERUSALEM – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party held urgent talks Saturday with a breakaway faction of young activists in hopes of reuniting the party and boosting its chances of defeating Hamas in January parliamentary elections. The faction split from Fatah on Wednesday and formed the Future movement after Abbas, ignoring the results of party primaries dominated by the young guard, announced a parliamentary slate filled with corruption-tainted old-timers. Abbas sent an envoy to Future’s leader, Marwan Barghouti, to request that the sides merge their party slates and officials from both groups met Saturday to try to work out a deal, Fatah and Future officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the sensitive negotiations. A resolution to the rift was not expected for several days because any agreement would have to be approved by Barghouti, who is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for involvement in attacks that killed four Israelis and a Greek monk. Palestinian parties have until the end of December to present their final election lists. last_img read more

QPR v Man City player ratings

first_imgSee also:Spirited Rangers draw with Man CityQPR moving in right direction – RedknappFernandes savours QPR turnaround after avoiding ‘rash decisions’Rangers assess yet another Sandro injuryRangers boss Redknapp hails HenryRobinson has England potential – PowellFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Air New Zealand’s new safety video sneak peek!

first_imgAir New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, is giving fans a sneak peek at its next inflight safety video, an epic tale which will conclude the airline’s highly successful three year association with The Hobbit Trilogy.  – see previous Hobbit safety video –The video will celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the airline’s partnership with the film franchise and feature cameo appearances from director Sir Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor and cast members of the films. The airline’s latest safety video follows on from the highly successful An Unexpected Briefing released in 2012 which has become a global hit, with more than 12 million views online. Air New Zealand has invested several million dollars into global marketing campaigns and initiatives to celebrate the Hobbit films and attract visitors to New Zealand including branding two Boeing 777-300 long haul aircraft with Hobbit imagery.  The yet to be titled safety video was shooting this week amidst dramatic Central Otago, New Zealand scenery under the direction of Taika Waititi of Boy and What we do in the Shadows fame.  Taika Waititi will also make a special cameo appearance as ‘The Wizard’. Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod says the video will be a real celebration of Middle-earth and all that it has to offer.center_img “Air New Zealand has been the official airline of Middle-earth for more than a decade now and we want to mark the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy in a very special way.  This video brings together iconic New Zealand film locations with some of the famous faces and Taika Waititi’s signature directing style.  We can’t wait to unveil it on board later this year,” says Mr Tod. The new safety video is expected to be rolled out across the airline’s fleet from late October.last_img read more

Hesston’s 100,000th Windrower to roll off production line in March 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hesston by Massey Ferguson, the industry’s leading hay equipment brand of AGCO Corporation who introduced the self-propelled windrower to the agricultural harvesting world more than 60 years ago — will complete the production of its 100,000th windrower in March 2016 in Hesston, Kan. The 70-year-old Hesston by Massey Ferguson brand is a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, most famous for its high quality haymaking equipment since 1947. The landmark achievement will be celebrated in Hesston on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.“When Hesston’s founder, Lyle Yost, introduced the first self-propelled windrower back in 1955, he not only shared this unique invention but he would ultimately be a leader in the revolution of the hay business,” explained Kyle Kitt, marketing manager for hay cutting, preparation and forage at AGCO. “Over the course of the last 60 years, our skilled engineers have worked to innovate and improve upon this harvesting machine, such as with the recent addition of rear-wheel steering, known as RearSteer. This is our effort to listen and respond to the needs of farmers not just here in North America, but across the world.”The 100,000th windrower is a vast improvement from the first model of 1955. Today’s WR9800 Series of self-propelled windrowers are fuel-efficient and offer superior operator convenience. The WR9800 Series are powered by reliable AGCO Power™ engines, led by the AP66-4F, a 6.6-liter engine in the WR9870. This model is ideal for Hesston’s disc header, and offers 225 horsepower and the muscle to operate in heavy crop conditions such as winter forage, wet silage hay and hilly or rough terrain. The WR9860 is designed to perform toe-to-toe with any six-cylinder windrower with its AP49-4F — a 4.9L four-cylinder QuadBoost™ engine — which boasts 195 HP and is an increase over the previous model. This additional power provides a higher field speed of 17.5 mph, plus a maximum road speed of 24.5 mph for quicker moves between fields, when equipped with RearSteer.If time and change shaped Hesston over the course of its 70-year history, innovation has defined it. “Hesston is committed to creating machinery that brings added value to the agriculture industry by delivering higher Relative Feed Value and better quality small grains,” Kitt said.  As a result of this innovation, its team of engineers has been enhancing the windrower since it was introduced. Whether it be the addition of hydrostatic power in 1967 (renamed Hydro-Static 600), or the addition of RearSteer in 2016, the Hesston Windrower continues to be a leader. In 1955, the first commercially-available Hesston Windrower was sold and in 1956, it came off the production line — a self-propelled windrower known as the Model 100. A groundbreaking advancement in the agricultural harvesting business, the Model 100 provided much greater versatility when harvesting both hay and grain crops and brought a new level of maneuverability.“Today’s Hesston WR9800 Series windrowers have seen such success in allowing hay and grain producers to develop quality end-product faster and more efficiently with an enhanced level of precision,” continued Kitt. “After 70 years of making innovative farm equipment, Hesston is proud to still lead the industry.”last_img read more

Nadal, Djokovic launch French Open assaults

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR TOTAL Excellium fuels the Toyota Vios Cup Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “He’s someone that inspires me a lot,” said Djokovic. “That’s one of the things I felt like I needed is new inspiration, someone that knows exactly what I’m going through, on the court, off the court. “He has been through all these transitions, he has been in my shoes before playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, and facing all the challenges that are present in tennis, in professional sport.”The world number two will open against 65th-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain, and although a semi-final showdown with Nadal is on the cards, Djokovic refused to look beyond the first hurdle.“You start a tournament from the same line with everyone else. You fight for the trophy, as everybody does. That’s the way I approach it,” said Djokovic.Alexander Zverev downed Djokovic in Rome to become the first player born in the 1990s to land a Masters title.The German, seeded ninth, begins his campaign against veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, appearing at Roland Garros for the 14th time.’10 to 15′ contendersReigning women’s champion Garbine Muguruza arrives in Paris with just three clay-court wins this year, all of which came in Rome before a neck injury forced her out of the semi-finals.She faces an early examination of her credentials against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone, 37 next month and set to retire at the end of the season. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hugs Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, after winning the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. APRecord nine-time winner Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic set off Monday ahead of a French Open collison course, while champions past and present meet in the women’s first round.Nadal is bidding to become the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event, with a spectacular return to form in 2017 once more marking the Spaniard out as this year’s Roland Garros favourite.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “It’s very strange to find first round two past champions,” said Muguruza, who defeated Serena Williams in last year’s final.With Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all absent, and world number one Angelique Kerber crashing out on Sunday, Muguruza knows the opportunity is there for a number of players. “I feel like there is 10, 15 girls that can win the trophy,” she said.Second seed Karolina Pliskova figures to be among those in contention, but the Czech has won just two matches on five previous visits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Three clay-court titles at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid suggest the 30-year-old is poised to end a three-year drought at majors — his last Grand Slam triumph came in Paris in 2014.But the fourth seed is aware of the threat posed by mercurial Frenchman Benoit Paire, who will have considerable support on Court Suzanne Lenglen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“He is not an opponent you want to play against in the first round. A player with big talent. Great serve, great hands and fantastic backhand,” said Nadal.“He’s a dangerous opponent. I need to play my best.” View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Nadal’s long-time nemesis Djokovic will look to draw inspiration from new coach Andre Agassi, the 1999 French Open champion, as the Serb begins the defence of his crown.This time a year ago Djokovic was on his way to completing a career Grand Slam, holding all four major titles at the same time following his maiden success in Paris.‘New inspiration’But a drastic dip in performances, including a shock second-round loss at the Australian Open, left Djokovic scrambling to stop his career from hitting the skids.  A chance phone call led to Djokovic sounding out Agassi, who agreed to work with the Serb on a temporary basis — but only after persuasion from his wife and former tennis legend Steffi Graf.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) wishes to announce ​that according to hurricane projections and in accordance with hurricane orders there will be tentative suspension of flight operations on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 6:00 pm local time.​Flight suspension is based on weather conditions that are dynamic by nature.   Suspension of flight operations will affect all airports including; Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay airports.The Airports Authority remains committed to the safety of aircraft, passengers, staff and other users of the airport.   We regret any inconvenience caused and passengers are asked to contact their respective airlines for flight  rescheduling.   All scheduled flights for today, Tuesday, September 05, 2017 are expected to operate as usual.The Airports Authority is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and will issue updated reports accordingly.Press Release: TCIAA Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The homeless men and women often seen in places like downtown San Diego may need help, but even with more government spending, a taxpayers’ watchdog group claims local governments don’t have a way to gauge the impact of those dollars.A new report released by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation said that spending on homelessness services by the County of San Diego and 18 cities in the county increased by 2,000 percent over the last 10 years, amounting to a 20-fold increase.The head of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association said the study by its research arm was unable to establish a statistical correlation between spending on homeless reduction programs and the number of people who are homeless. Haney Hong, the CEO and President of the Taxpayers Association said the problem is a lack of data collection that could be used to measure program effectiveness.One of the questions in the study was whether there was a relationship between spending levels and the number of people struggling with homelessness. The study found there was not enough data to reach a conclusion.The study recommended a standardized approach to collecting data to ensure that programs that help the homeless are operated effectively.The Taxpayers Association said local governments may have to spend more public dollars on experts who can track the metrics and then evaluate the effectiveness of tax dollar spending.“But if a city doesn’t make a commitment to saying ‘let’s measure this and let’s have smart people looking at the data’, then we’re not spending the taxpayer dollars in an effective way,” Hong said.’If you want to look into the spending on homelessness in your city, you can visit https://bit.ly/2FB89qx . KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:20 PM Study says cities lack data to track effectiveness of homeless programs Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: March 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, March 26, 2019last_img read more

Publishers Get Crash Course in Intl MA

first_imgNEW YORK—The international M&A process is becomingincreasingly homogenous, but American publishers looking to buy or sellabroad still need to be prepared for some distinct differences,according to a panel of publishing deal experts at the AmericanBusiness Media/International Federation of the Periodical Press WorldConference today.The auction process that typifies manyAmerican publishing deals is an anathema abroad, particularly in GreatBritain and Western Europe, according to Charlie Engros, managingpartner of law firm Morgan Lewis. “There is a lingering discomfort withthe American auction style of M&A,” he said. “Europeans prefer todevelop relationships with sellers and they want exclusivity in theearly stages of the process. In an auction, European buyers feel likethey aren’t fairly treated and they want the chance to convey that theymight be a more trustworthy buyer than a financial company, even thoughthey may not be.”Due diligence with foreign publishers can be aconfusing and laborious process. “Europeans often have a huge duediligence team of 20 or 30 people and an approach that’s not alwaysconducive to getting a deal done,” said Engros. “They may bringchecklists that aren’t applicable to U.S. businesses and they may havesome misconceptions about U.S. business. British buyers often thinklong-term indemnity is part of the U.S. process when that’s not thecase.”Debit financing in Europe is also more complicated and athird-party is often required to conduct due diligence, while in theU.S. it’s typically done in-house, according to Veronis SuhlerStevenson co-CEO Jeffrey Stevenson. Due Diligence MinefieldsCompaniesin emerging markets are often attractive to U.S. buyers because topline growth is often more than 20 percent—much greater than top linegrowth for publishers in mature markets (and foreign sellers will oftendemand higher multiples than a U.S. seller because of it). However,watch out for the bottom line. “Top line growth is great with thesecompanies but the bottom line is never what you think it is,” saidScott Mozarsky, executive vice president and chief strategy anddevelopment officer with UBM’s PR Newswire. “We bought a company inMexico but didn’t factor the rise of kidnappings into the P&L andtook a hit because we had to add so much security.” Liveevents are booming abroad as well but beware of how they are evaluated.In China and Japan, attendees who leave the exhibit hall then returnare counted as new attendance. Lost in Translation Other cultural factors are less ominous but can still be a headache.Mozarsky said its common practice in Latin America for companies toclassify actual employees as outsourced. The employees receive minimalwages as employees but are paid much more as outside staff, whichenables the companies to avoid taxes.WhileMozarsky says a typical deal in the U.S. can take two to three monthsto close, in Latin America it can take six months to a year. “Often thefinancials are not audited and the businesses are based on cash,” says Mozarsky. “It can take a while to figure out what is what.You need to be careful because if something goes wrong after the dealis done, you have little in the way of recourse.” In 2016, theInternational Financial Reporting Standards will go into effect,replacing GAP, which should make the international M&A processeasier. “Twenty years ago there were really unique differences in theway business was done,” said Wilma Jordan, founder and CEO of TheJordan, Edmiston Group. “That’s still true today but it’s less and lessso each year. After the standard accounting practices go into effect,the differences will be even less.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 15 Wilmington Students Graduate From UMass Amherst

first_imgAMHERST, MA — Approximately 5,500 students received bachelor’s degrees in over 100 majors at University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 10, 2019 at the McGuirk Alumni Stadium.Below is a list of students from Wilmington who graduated:Daniel James BellRyan Andrew BroderickJessica BuskePatrick Keiron FinnHilary HayesLaura Leigh KellerColin Thomas KennedyGabrielle Amber KochLuke Kelley McInnisJennifer PhamDana RossettiVictoria Evans SchultesMichael TringaleJacob Michael VieiraMadison Jean young(NOTE: The above announcement is from UMass Amherst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 31 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At UMass AmherstIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From North Shore Community CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 19 Wilmington Students Graduate From UMass AmherstIn “Education”last_img read more

First Tranche of Funding Imminent Restructuring in Full Swing SpiceJet COO

first_imgIndia’s SpiceJet aircraft prepares for takeoff at the airport in MumbaiReutersNo-frills airline SpiceJet said on Friday that it would “very soon” receive the first tranche of funding from its new investors – Ajay Singh and his financial backers, as part of the recapitalisation programme.”The first tranche of recapitalisation is imminent”, SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor told PTI.The company also spoke of “right-sizing’ its operations, to indicate that headcount numbers are expected to be revised.Starting with fleet rationalisation, SpiceJet is under mounting pressure to bring its cost in line with the funds available. It is looking at optimising aircraft utilisation, renegotiation of contracts and limit costs across the spectrum.With the Ministry of Civil Aviation giving its approval, SpiceJet has been reacquired by Ajay Singh, the original promoter, from the Maran family, who exited the airline at a significant loss.Ajay Singh is expected to bring as much as ₹1,500 crore to the beleaguered airline.The company posted a net loss of ₹275 crore for the third-quarter, as it reeled from falling revenue and having to trim its fleet from 35 to 19 planes.’The worst is behind us’The COO said that SpiceJet’s worst business conditions are in the past and added that operating performance has already started to improve.He asserted that SpiceJet would go for “furloughs,” rather than laying off its staff. The employees are to be provided all benefits with an option to return to SpiceJet at a future date.He, however, admitted that reduction in manpower would be necessary to reduce overhead costs.Kapoor declined to give specific numbers, though he noted that the headcount has dropped to “below 4,000″ against 4,200 employees it carried on its rolls earlier.In January-February 2014, SpiceJet recorded a peak of 5,700 employees, at about 100 staff for every aircraft. The turbulence the company faced has seen its employees leave the organisation, including pilots.”That reduction in manpower was largely due to natural attrition… Not even one pilot was asked to go,” Kapoor said.He insisted that all overheads are being subjected to scrutiny, under the cost-cutting plan.In December, SpiceJet was forced to ground flights after certain vendors refused to supply the company with the essentials over unpaid credit outstanding.Finally, Kapoor added that the performance of the Indian domestic aviation industry looked better in the current year, with the cost of aviation fuel coming down, which helps stem some of its major costs.SpiceJet shares closed Friday at 19.65, down by 0.40 or 2%.last_img read more